First-Year Experience

The First-Year Experience Program is designed to help students establish a solid and sustainable foundation for college success built around three significant factors associated with student persistence: academic support, student engagement, and academic preparation, strategies, and habits.

Learning Communities
A learning community is a small group of students who take the majority of their first semester courses together, with each group centering on CCU’s first-year seminar course, Strategies for College Success. All incoming students are placed in a learning community based on academic major. Learning communities assist students in developing a supportive network of peers, mentors, and professors. These communities enable students to immediately build connections within their major and increase the likelihood of a positive transition to Cincinnati Christian University.

First Year Seminar Course
UNIV 010: Strategies for College Success is a required, one semester, first-year seminar course for all incoming first-year students as well as conditionally admitted transfer students. The course meets twice per week and is designed to assist students in their academic success at Cincinnati Christian University and their integration into the CCU community. This course covers a variety of topics including:
- History & Welcome to Cincinnati Christian University
- Time Management and Study Skills
- Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment
- Career Exploration
- Money Management
- Critical and Creative Thinking
- Engagement Opportunities with peers, faculty and staff members
- Major/Course Specific Study Sessions

To see a culminating project video from a Fall 2016 First Year Seminar class, click here!

Common Reading Program
The Common Reading Program gives all incoming first-year and conditionally admitted transfer students a shared intellectual experience to begin their years at Cincinnati Christian University. The goal is to foster conversation and create a sense of community that will help ease the transition to college life. The book will be read and discussed during the UNIV 010: Strategies for College Success course.

Contact Information
Karin Admiraal
First Year Experience Coordinator
513-244-8637
Karin.Admiraal@ccuniversity.edu